regular juice vs baby juice

Emily - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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which is better regular juice or baby juice & when is the best time to start?

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Jill - posted on 05/20/2009

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With my first 2, I was buying the baby juice, then with the third, I was like "why am I paying so much when it's the same thing just not as strong!?" So with her I just got regular juice and watered it down, half water, half juice.

Johnnal - posted on 05/19/2009

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I agree with the other poster... I work for WIC and we recomend regular 100% juice after 6 months of age. We do recomend that you dilute it with water by 50% because kids don't need any more that 8-10 oz. of juice per day.

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"If you do give your child juice, do follow these tips from the AAP:



when you give your child juice, it should be 100% pasteurized fruit juice and not fruit drinks and you should offer it to your infant in a cup only and not a bottle

infants under 6 months of age should not be given juice, although many Pediatricians do recommend small amounts of juice for children that are constipated

younger children aged 1 to 6 years should have only 4-6 ounces of juice a day.

older children should be limited to 8-12 ounces of juice a day

instead of juice, children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits "

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I wouldn't give a baby juice at all... milk or water is much better, and once they have juice, there is no going back! Wait until they are at least 2yrs.

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Lisa - posted on 10/31/2010

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What I can say is I never bought baby juice. If you can get fresh oranges etc use it, or if you must buy baby juice read the label. By regular you mean fresh......then that's better..... the fresh.

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Quoting Linda:



Quoting Emma:

no need to introduce juice.. use plain water.. much healthier and no sugar...






I agree you have to be so careful with their new little teeth coming in...





thats why i decided to give her water.. she's a thirsty girl and drinks alot of it in between meals so i cant imagine if it was juice instead of water.. i once saw a picture of an infant who had her teeth come through rotten because of the amount of juice drank. i know some parents limit the juice but if juice is all baby will drink and baby is thirsty then its gonna have juice so.. if that makes sense.. lol..  mia really loves her water and im glad she is having a healthy sugar free start.. xx

Linda - posted on 05/19/2009

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Quoting Emma:

no need to introduce juice.. use plain water.. much healthier and no sugar...



I agree you have to be so careful with their new little teeth coming in...

Mishael - posted on 05/19/2009

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I use whatever 100% sounds good at the store. I started out with apple and pear though, nothing with citric it is to acidic. Just do 50/50 water/juice. My son would only take it in a sippy cup though not a bottle.

User - posted on 05/19/2009

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I don't know if there is a difference between the two....I guess compare the labels. I was told by my Dr. to start juice when you start solids...rice cereal, baby foods. I started a little shy of 5 months...with Dr. approval. They also say that no more than 4 oz of juice a day. My duaghter never cared for juice...unless it mixed it with her cereals to flavor it. Once she progressed to table foods I eliminated the juice completely and give her fresh strawberries/bananas/seedless watermelon. Good luck!

Courtney - posted on 05/19/2009

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Well my feelings on juice are that it does not matter which you use as long as they are 100% juice. I also do not give my kids juice without watering it down. they sugar content in juice is not good for their teeth/gums it increases the risk of tooth decay!! even if your baby does not have any teeth yet it can still do damage to the developing teeth. So mom's would disagree with me on this and that is okay!!! If you ask your dentist he/she would tell you not to give juice unless it was with a meal and watered down. ( at least that is what I have found with all I have talked to). Your baby can start juice anytime after they are 4 or 5 months old! they should be able to hold a cup and not drink it from a bottle. I hope that this helps.

Emt_802007 - posted on 05/19/2009

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For all five of my children I have used regular juice. They started at around 6-8 months and it was always diluted 50 % water 50% juice. 100% juice is to tough on their tummies and they will get diarrhea

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Cassie - posted on 05/19/2009

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I never thought it necessary to pay more for special baby juice, all 100% juice is the same. I diluted it for a while, half juice/ half water at first and gradually through the months added less water and more juice.

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